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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - Dec. 18, 2020

“The steps we take in the last days of 2020 are going to ensure a brighter, healthier and safer 2021 for all of us.” - Dr. Bonnie Henry

Please note: Numbers are updated on weekdays at 5 p.m.

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal6249,97845,400 (33,589 recovered)
Hospitalized356
ICU Patients92
Deaths11724
VCH/PHCHospitalized5108672
ICU Patients122208
On Ventilator112115
Discharged913479
Deaths (hospital/ICU)290
PHCHospitalized115*224
ICU Patients14*60
On Ventilator12*35
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
4177
Deaths021
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
Situation Update
  • For today: 624 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 45,400 cases in British Columbia.
  • There are 9,978  active cases.
  • There are 356 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 92 of whom are in intensive care.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • VCH – 106
    • Fraser Health – 406
    • Island Health - 5
    • Interior Health - 60
    • Northern Health - 47
    • No new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
  • There have been 11 new deaths, for a total of 724 COVID-related deaths in the province.
  • There were no new health-care facility outbreaks and one new community outbreak.
  • Read Friday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

PHC VACCINATION UPDATE

It’s been a busy and exciting week as the first Providence staff received their immunization against COVID-19.

LTC STAFF AND RESIDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID IMMUNITY STUDY

Residents of long-term care facilities operated by Providence Health Care, and the staff who provide care at these facilities, are invited to participate in a study that seeks to understand immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines. 

WELCOME TO 7B: A Q&A WITH HOLLY VAN HEUKELOM

Learn more about life in our COVID unit at St. Paul's Hospital with Holly Van Heukelom, Patient Care Manager.

A VERY 2020 CHRISTMAS – TIS THE SEASON TO STAY IN, STAY SAFE AND BE MERRY

We recognize Christmastime this year has - and continues to be - unlike any other. Here are ideas how to celebrate safely. 

THE WINNERS OF THE PROVIDENCE WREATH CONTEST ARE IN…

 Submitted by Astrid Levelt, Director of Medical Affairs & Site Lead, SPH

The results from our Providence Wreath Contest are in, and the three patient judges selected our winning teams.

BC RECOVERY BENEFIT — ONLINE APPLICATIONS OPEN TODAY

The BC Recovery Benefit (the benefit) is a one-time direct deposit payment for eligible families, single parents or individuals. 

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS: COCHLEAR IMPLANT TUNING GOES REMOTE WITH NEW B.C. PILOT PROJECT (GLOBAL NEWS)

St. Paul’s CI audiologists Myron Huen and Jowan Lee were featured in recent media stories about the province’s  first remote adult-mapping program for patients with cochlear implants.

THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 Submitted by Tracey Errington

Please enjoy this holiday poem from one of our Providence people. 

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: CANNABIS COULD REDUCE FENTANYL USE, REDUCE OVERDOSE RISK: STUDY

New research suggests that cannabis use by people in care for opioid addiction might improve their treatment outcomes and reduce their risk of being exposed to fentanyl in the contaminated unregulated drug supply.

HOW TO COPE WITH THE LOSS OF HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Resources to help you process how you feel this holiday season.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM WEST POINT GREY ACADEMY GRADE 2 STUDENTS

Please enjoy a small selection of holidays letters from Grade 2 students at West Point Grey Academy, for our St. Paul’s doctors and nurses:

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: CST UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 17

Going live in the new year? Here's what you need to know.

STAFF WELLNESS AND SUPPORT

The Wellness & Support Team encourages you to reach out for help when you need it.  You’re there for them.  We’re there for you.

This page last updated Dec 18, 2020 7:06pm PST